Review: Trudy and the Romance - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar 04/11/16

Midnight shows are often a risk bands take with crowds often consisting of bleary-eyed gig-goers or fans who have drunk themselves to excess waiting for the band to grace the stage. This wasn't the case at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar in Brighton when Liverpudlian trio Trudy and the Romance appeared at 12.30am. 

Liverpool's latest export are fast gaining a reputation for their brand of DIY alt-rock that channels hints of Mac DeMarco and The Magic Gang at times. Previously called just 'Trudy' the band were forced to change their name for legal reasons but have been on the rise ever since. Their recent support slot on The Big Moon's UK tour has helped improve their standing too and there's seemingly no stopping the three-piece. 

They may not have many songs in their discography to date but that didn't stop them from reeling through killer tunes like a 'Best of...' tracklisting. 'Behave' received the most phenomenal of responses and those in attendance never stopped throughout. 

'All My Love' witnessed mass jiving take place as if the dancing ban had just been lifted in the film 'Footloose'. Continuing to keep the buzz alive on 'My Baby's Gone Away', they reek of a band who have set themselves up for the big time and undoubtedly have the tracks to match. A real sense of euphoria fills the venue for the duration of their set and there's not hint of tiredness in the trio.

Trudy and the Romance are exactly the type of band who thrive in small, dark venues and Sticky Mike's was the perfect place to showcase tunes that already feel like old pals. Tonight's late show offered an exciting glimpse into the future of a band who just keep improving. 

Words Lauren Wade

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